Hong Kong,Travel,Travel & Kids

Luke’s Hong Kong Trip: A Trip of Many Firsts

Hong Kong Luke 2-min

Our 4-day Hong Kong trip was a trip of many firsts for Luke and to say that he had an absolute blast is an understatement! Let’s start off all my Hong Kong blog entries with this: a round-up of his top 10 most noteworthy firsts on this trip!

1. First Airport Lounge

Philippine Airlines PAL Mabuhay Lounge 1-min

We were given access to the Mabuhay Lounge of Philippine Airlines and so we stopped by for their signature Arroz Caldo and a few snacks before our flight to Hong Kong. Luke happily had cookies and cornflakes, to which he exclaimed “YUM YUM!” It was a great start to our trip!

2. First Plane Ride

Philippine Airlines 1-min

Here he is showing his teddy bear the view outside! Awww… my baby. Huhu.

I consider this such a momentous occasion and so we took as much pictures as we can! As we were disembarking the plane, the kind older couple seated next to us asked us about Luke and when we said it was his first flight, they said “Oh, so that’s why it’s a full video and photo production!” Haha! Oops. Stage parents.

3. First Cockpit Visit

Philippine Airlines Cockpit-min

We waited for everyone to disembark the plane and asked the crew if we might be able to visit the cockpit for Luke to see and meet the pilots, and they said YES! Thank you to the entire crew of our Philippine Airlines flight that day! They were all so nice and accommodating! Truly the #HeartoftheFilipino at its finest! 

(PS. It’s also MY first time to visit the cockpit! We asked last time during our Honeymoon and they said no. That was 5 years ago already though. Well, I guess this time, Luke was our ticket!! Hehehe!)

4. First Trip Abroad

Ritz Carlton HK 1-min

We’ve had short vacations and staycations locally before but this is Luke’s first international trip and the amazing hotels we stayed in really made sure it was one for the books!

On our first night, we stayed at The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong and they even prepared welcome banners, a safari tent and so many other surprises for him! (Read more about our stay, here!)

Mandarin Oriental HK 1-min

On our last night, we stayed at the iconic Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and they also spoiled him to bits! He even enjoyed a luxurious bubble bath (in the most luxurious bathroom we’ve probably ever been on!) Uh-oh, hope we won’t get TOO used to this, or else Mor and I are in trouble…

5. First Disneyland Visit

Hong Kong Disneyland 4-min

The whole purpose of this trip was to bring him to Disneyland. I prepped him up months in advance by introducing to him all the characters, singing all the Disney songs I know and showing him videos of the rides on YouTube. So when we got there, he was seriously on cloud 9!

As you can probably tell on the photo, I also was! I was a Disney kid and I never grew out of my love for Disney so this was such a big moment for me to see my own son experience the Disney Magic!!

6. First Time to Watch a Production Show

Hong Kong Disneyland 3-min

We’ve never taken Luke to watch a show (not even a movie yet!) so when we watched The Wondrous Book at Disneyland, it was really his first time ever to sit down and watch one. At first, he got a little uneasy because the lights dimmed and he didn’t know what to expect but in the end, he enjoyed it TREMENDOUSLY. He was shouting “It’s Rapunzel! It’s Olaf! It’s Mickey!” and so on, the entire time! I’m so proud of my baby…

7. First 4D Show

Hong Kong Disneyland 6-min

Same as the production show, he got super uneasy at first too and I really thought he didn’t enjoy because he kept covering his eyes like this. But when we got out he kept saying “It’s so NICE! I like it!”

8. First Time to Meet His Heroes

Hong Kong Disneyland 5-min

We booked a night at The Disney Explorer’s Lodge just so we can have breakfast with Mickey and Minnie (which costs separately by the way!) It was so overpriced that it got me pretty pissed (lol so much for Disney magic)

But then when it was Luke’s turn to take a photo with Mickey and Minnie, they really took their time with him! They gave him a hug each, a group hug, nose-to-nose and “chatted” with him by pointing at his Mickey shirt and showing Luke their “accessories!”

In the end, I have to concede. I hate to say it, but the overpriced breakfast was worth it!

9. First REAL Train Ride

Hong Kong Luke 1-min

Before this, Luke has only ever been on those fun trains in malls and amusement parks. It was his first time to ride on a subway train. This is important because he has always loved those fun trains even before he turned 1 and because there was also a period of time when he was obsessed with everything that had to do with trains!

10. First Business Class Experience

Philippine Airlines Business Class 1-min

And to cap off our amazing trip, we were upgraded to business class by Philippine Airlines and it was also on one of their newer planes! Luke enjoyed pressing all the buttons of our chairs; making our chairs lie flat and then sit straight up over and over again! Too bad our flight was only an hour and a half. I’m sure it felt like Disneyland on a plane for him.

Probably the only time I wished for a plane ride to go on a little bit longer. Hehe! (Read more about Luke’s Business Class Experience, here!)

More on our Hong Kong trip coming right up so keep an eye out for it! Which are you looking forward to reading about the most? Disneyland? Our hotel reviews? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Reply
    September 13, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Aww, how adorable is he! This is such a creative and entertaining post. I still remember my kids’ first Disneyland experience and it was also in Hong Kong. I’m just thankful I’m into blogging too so I relive the feeling when I write and read about it. You’re one of the mum bloggers I follow, keep it up!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Hi Mercy aww!! Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed! And so true! Blogging really helps express all the feelings and at the same time, it’s like a diary to help me remember next time. Thanks for following!

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    Joanna Lee
    September 14, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Looking forward to tips for flying out of the country with little ones. I made an itinerary for a friend in her family trip to South Korea, i made it as kid friendly as possible but they still ended up staying on the hotel all the time due to the kid having tantrums. Any tips?


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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Hi Joanna, it really depends per kid I guess because Luke loves going out so it was never a problem to get him out of the hotel rooms haha! :) He’s also pretty behaved whenever we’re in public places. Maybe tailor fit the places to places that are kid-friendly or of interest to the child?

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    September 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Pls write all of your stories!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 16, 2017 at 9:07 am

      I will, soon!

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    Monique Galang
    September 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    i enjoyed reading this..i see luke’s excitement on your instagram stories and im excited as he is! hehe.. Can’t wait for more post about the trip.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 16, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Haha thanks Monique! Will be writing more soon! 😉

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    Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    September 17, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Oh my goodness, Luke is TOO CUTE! And this post made my heart feel so happy – he just looks like he’s loving life so much in all your pictures! And Disneyland is such a magical experience. I still remember the trips my parents took us on there! I love that you’re taking him along and showing him the world!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 17, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Aww thanks Susie!! Yes he super enjoyed and is definitely enjoying life. Haha. Thanks so much!

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    September 17, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I love how you’re giving Luke all of these awesome first experiences! YES, I LOVE AIRPORT LOUNGES! It’s so cool that you guys got to give Luke an experience in the cabin! The staff is so friendly :)! Disneyland in Hong Kong looks amazing. Definitely, take him to the one in California if you ever have the chance ;). Glad to see everyone enjoying their time :)

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Oh Disneyland in California is THE dream!! He wants to see Cars Land! Hopefully we can bring him there next time!

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    September 17, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Great photos :)

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    Nora Gouma
    September 18, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Sounds such a great event you all have been doing, I love this post, the pictures are truly amazing. Thank you for sharing, cannot wait for the next exiting post!!!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 23, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks Nora! Glad you enjoyed reading!

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    September 18, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    This post has the cutest idea ever! Sounds like you guys had an amazing time ????

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 19, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Heidi, we sure did!

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    September 19, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Ok this post instantly put a smile on my face!! This is so beautiful – I love that you were able to capture all of these memories!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 19, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Aww thanks Allie yes, definitely essential to capture everything! <3

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    September 21, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Oh my goodness! It looks like he has an amazing Time during his first trip! Disneyland and everything! I still remember the first time I visited a cockpit in a plane, coolest experience ever!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 21, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Hey Rina, he really had an amazing trip!!

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    September 21, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I keep going back to this post cause I keep forgetting to comment -_-
    anyway, I just want to point out that Luke’s effortless OOTDs are THE BEST! <3

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      Hi Thea! Haha! Thank you so much for always reading! <3

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    September 21, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Oh my gosh…he’s so cute!

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    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Adorable pictures, especially with Mickey and Minnie!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Amanda, he was so happy!

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